Skowhegan project seen as part of broad push for more affordable housing in Maine
“We are in a position now where instead of being able to do five or six projects a year, we need to do 20, 25. And instead of a couple hundred units a year, we should shoot to do 1,000 a year,” Brennan said. “And this year we’re going to complete about 550 units. So we’re getting just a tremendous amount of support from the state and federal government to invest in affordable housing right now, which is really great.”
The Portland Press Herald • October 26, 2021
Advocates call for more affordable housing options
Home prices have risen faster in Massachusetts than in any other state since 1980, according to state officials. Rents have increased by 75% since 2000, with some communities seeing rental costs double in recent decades. A $3.65 billion proposal being considered by the House of Representatives this week would divert about $600 million in federal relief funds and surplus revenue to buttress existing programs aimed at increasing affordable housing. But advocates say the state needs a more sustainable way of generating funds, while easing restrictive local zoning policies.
Gloucester Daily Times • October 27, 2021
NJ counties, cities gave out only 25% of COVID rental aid, putting remainder at risk
Landlords in New Jersey are owed an estimated $1 billion to $3 billion worth of rent because hundreds of thousands of tenants lost their jobs or income during the coronavirus pandemic, but were protected against eviction for a year and a half under a state moratorium. Low-income tenants cannot be kicked out of their homes through the end of the year, and any tenant making under 120% of their county's median income who missed rent between March 2020 and August 2021 can have their eviction cases dismissed if they fill out a form attesting their income and apply for rental assistance.
North Jersey Media Group • October 28, 2021